By Doug Book, staff writer
Do the citizens of the United States have an absolute right to, by force of arms if necessary, overthrow a government which has, with malicious deliberation, become destructive of those ideals of liberty granted by God and guaranteed by instruments such as the Constitution of the Unites States?
Clearly the Founders believed in the existence of such a right. There could be no more axiomatic example than the American Revolution itself!
And though these men warned against pursuing such a course for “light and transient causes”, rightly observing that “…mankind are more disposed to suffer…than right themselves by abolishing forms to which they are accustomed,” the Declaration of Independence states without reservation that if any government should become “destructive” of its proper role, it is the right of the citizens to “…alter or abolish it and institute new government…”
The left is quick to maintain that anyone suggesting the American people have a right to reclaim country or liberty, even from those who have deliberately and with malevolent purpose represented a mortal threat to both, is little more than a wanton terrorist, his words being responsible for every act of violence from Oklahoma City to Tucson.
But if this is the case, we modern day “domestic terrorists” are in the best of company. For in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson set down a number of abuses which King George had heaped upon the American colonies, among them:
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”
“He has excited domestic insurrections against us…”
Was Jefferson a terrorist for relating these truths about the mistreatment of American colonists by the King of England and for exhorting the people to do something about it?
Though times change, the villainy of tyrants does not. Look at the striking similarities over the centuries between the actions of George the III and those of Barack the First.
Obama too has “refused his Assent to Laws”, working to have the Arizona immigration law overturned and forbidding the Executive branch to enforce current federal immigration statutes.
He has “erected a multitude of New Offices”, creating czars whose control over the American public is indisputable, yet over whom the people have no authority or recourse. So many in, fact that his own Vice President obviously couldn’t name them all.
And Obama has also “excited domestic insurrections” against the American public, ordering his minions to shut down radio programs critical of his policies and telling supporters to argue with his detractors and “get in their face.”
And what can be said of a President who suggests his followers “bring a gun” to confront Republicans and their political backers.
Do the American people have the right to overthrow a tyrant? Damned right we have! And rather than members of the Continental Congress directing the fight, today it will be the people leading their legislators and probably warning them to stay out of the way or be run over.
Most of us will live to see it. Many will take part. And you can bet that we will win.
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This day in history October 7
1765:The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
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